The Brain’s Brain!

By:  Renee Lindstrom, April 28, 2011

I had an opportunity to listen to author John Arden, PhD of Brain Based Therapy.  It came in the midst of preparing a short explanation of the pre-frontal cortex reaction for my own evening class and hearing him present his perspective added clarity, understanding and more learning.  It also validates the earlier work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais.  For more on my connection to  Dr. Feldenkrais .

The dialogue of John Arden, PhD.  was titled The New Brain Science – 2011 and the topics – think your way to a better life, Review of the Brain:

I enjoyed hearing about the connection he made to the brains participation in making  change in our habitual responses  and how necessary it is to begin to consciously understand this.  The brains involvement is needed even through resistance and avoidance in making changes to any habit until it become a new habitual response.  There was support and a new dimension added to the information already shared in earlier blog articles addressing  the flight, flight and freeze responses of the prefrontal cortex. 

He begins by telling us the brain is plastic and that the brain has its own brain. The brain’s brain is the pre-frontal cortex!  With regards to making any change the pre-frontal cortex’s attention needs to be in the present moment.  Therefore not involved in thinking of, or in reaction to,  the past or future. The comparison is made to mindfulness mediation and quality of brain response in the prefrontal cortex in tests after a series of meditations to those not practicing meditation.

The brains brain has two tracks for incoming information (stimulus); fast and slow.  The fast track of receiving information initiates a danger response and incites fear.  The slow track simply notices and becomes curious and isn’t in fear.  Those who practice mindfulness are creating a skill to be in the experience of the slower track of taking information in.  Those who are not developing this skill may likely be experiencing their world through the fast track, survival mode of flight, fright and freeze.

Through this added perspective my recognition of value in the skill development through some techniques, such as the ones offered through Inside Awareness’s approach, is more fully appreciated.   The need for being more  open and available to consciously experiencing the inner experience in the moment.   

Exploring these new ideas and adding more knowledge is simplifying and demystifying the brain/body responses!  It will enhance classes and improve the experience in private sessions by increasing understanding of personal processing.  Rather than talking at it (it being the problem) it will increase being with it.  An example, rather that diagnosing, prescribing as through a perception of it being a difficulty it will enhance nurturing the individuality of the person own ability to change through their own experience of the quality of the present moment.  

For more on my personal perspective of two Inside Awareness approaches mentioned.

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